How to Fry Chicken in Bacon Grease

Before shortening and vegetable oils were available commercially, cooks saved the grease from cooked bacon and other drippings for later use. Bacon lends a smoky, salty flavor to all kinds of dishes and is excellent for frying. Frying your chicken in bacon grease is a great way to reuse the grease and make excellent-tasting fried chicken.

Things You'll Need

  • Chicken

  • Flour

  • Paper or plastic bag

  • Milk

  • Pie pan

  • Heavy duty fry pan

  • Bacon grease

  • Paper towels

Step 1

Rinse your chicken pieces thoroughly and cut them into the pieces you like. Pat the pieces dry with a paper towel.

Step 2

Pour 1 cup of milk in a pie pan or other shallow dish.

Step 3

Dredge your chicken in your seasoned flour in a paper bag or gallon-size plastic storage bag.

Step 4

Place your skillet over medium heat or set your electric skillet to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 5

Add enough bacon grease to the skillet so that it fills up to 1 inch of the pan. Add vegetable oil if you don't have enough.

Step 6

Check the grease temperature. When it hits 375 degrees Fahrenheit, it's ready to fry in.

Step 7

Place the chicken pieces in the fryer and fry until the outside is golden brown. Turn the chicken once and fry on the other side.

Step 8

Cover the skillet and reduce the heat to 350 degrees F, allowing the chicken to cook for another 15 minutes or until done.

Step 9

Take the chicken out of the skillet and place it on paper towels to drain. Continue frying your chicken in this manner until it is all done.

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